A Life to Style

Belfast-based, style loving mum of 3. Fashion, Lifestyle, Food & Fitness

Saturday, 25 February 2017

No brainer shoe purchases | Gucci Dupes

There's not much brain power goes into any of my shoe purchases. I seem to lose rational thought when faced with fabulous footwear and I place the blame firmly with my mother. My sisters and I have all inherited her weakness for shoes and in fact, I went missing when I was about 3 in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford (police were involved - my poor parents!) and was found trying on ladies shoes. It was my happy place from an early age.

Which brings me onto today which started with 3 hours spent watching 23 different Girls' Brigade groups each perform the same poem about a hungry crocodile. I wanted to be savaged by the crocodile (or any wild animal) by the 23rd performance. It wasn't even a long poem but there were huge delays and deliberations between performances. It was like some sort of medieval torture. I think I must be a bad mother because all the other mums in the room seemed to enjoy it or maybe they are just better at hiding their boredom.

It was enough to drive me to drink but instead I drove to Boucher Road for an unhealthy lunch and then I remembered River Island was close by. Time to bring joy back to my Saturday. 
(We're finally at the shoe part of this post)

While the kids deliberated about the best way to spend a £1 in Poundland. I went next door to look for the Gucci Princetown dupes that Susie So So blogged about this week. They really are as gorgeous in the flesh and there was one size 6 left.  

Sunday, 19 February 2017

5 ways to sell your pre-loved clothes

I have been asked for many months to share the best ways to sell pre-loved items from your wardrobe. It's fair to say that most of us have at least a few items of clothing we could off-load. But for different reasons, we hold on to them. Mostly emotional reasons (guilt/attachment), sometimes life-changing reasons (following weight loss or gain) and in lots of cases, practical reasons...we don't have the time and are unfamiliar with some of the technology.

The easiest thing is to bag it for charity and as someone who has volunteered in a charity shop, I'm all for that but if you have items in your wardrobe that you invested decent money in or that still have labels attached, it's not unreasonable to look into trying to make back some of the money you paid for them.

Depending on what you're selling, there's usually a market out there willing to buy it - for the right price. This blog post outlines 5 ways to sell (and 1 way to swap out) items from your wardrobe. I've used all but 1 of them so I'll share with you my tips for each of the ones I've used and why I chose one over another based on the item and how easy I want the transaction to be.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Being Brave

This outfit got such an unexpected (to me) reaction on social media that it prompted me to blog about it. About how outside my comfort zone it pushed me and about how nervous I was to share it online.
Jumper - John Lewis Cashmere Crew Neck (almost all sold out now)
Skirt - Sinequanone
Boots - Ilse Jacobsen
both from via Sarah Jane Boutique, Magherafelt

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Minimal Jewellery || Lines & Current

I'm a huge fan of local jewellery and accessory company Lines & Current and was excited to buy my first piece back in January down in Banbridge - the Petra Pendulum earrings. I've worn them so much since I got them.....and for someone who hasn't worn an earring in years, that's saying something. They've totally restored my earring love...and luckily my little used piercings were still present.

Lines & Current is owned by Rebekah, a mum of two (with one on the way) who designs all the pieces herself, sticking to a simple, modern and uncluttered approach. Each piece is effortless and unique, yet it's all affordable - so as well as making a great gift for someone else, it's something you could easily treat yourself to.
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